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      August 13, 2009Space & Physics

      Bizarre Planet Found to Orbit Backward

      In the search for planets beyond our solar system, the UK's Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP) has stumbled upon a bizarre-o world that is orbiting its star in reverse. 

      "I have to say this is one of the strangest planets we know about," Sara Seager, an astrophysicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told
      May 11, 2009Health

      Drug company swag sways med students

      Can something as small as the logo on a pen sway a doctor to write a prescription for one drug over another? You bet. Medical students, at least, fall prey to the influence of drug company trinkets, says a study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine ...
      July 17, 2009Environment

      SEC may mandate corporate climate disclosures

      Just as Wal-Mart’s plan to start eco-labeling its products is splashing down into the summer corporate news kiddie pool, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in talks about making companies do some serious environmental reporting of their own...
      July 21, 2009Health

      New Jersey beaches: Sun, sand, surf--and E. coli?

      It’s well known that the human body is crawling with bacteria—from the ankle to the, well, armpit. But unbeknown to New Jersey bathers, their beaches might be, too.
      July 31, 2009The Sciences

      Drilling deep into an ocean fault

      For the first time, researchers have been able to drill deep (more than 1,600 meters) into an ocean fault zone.

      The expedition team, onboard the Japanese research ship Chikyu, is searching for answers in the depths of the Nankai Trough about why the previously active fault has locked up in the past several decades—and what type of activity might be likely in the near future...
      August 7, 2009The Sciences

      Honeybees face new threat in Texas: "Crazy" ants

      Viruses, grueling journeys, monoculture diets. U.S. honeybees have had it rough lately, and millions have perished from the mysterious colony collapse disorder (CCD).
      June 10, 2009Environment

      Report: Climate change will force millions to move, prompting "tensions and violence"

      Flooded farmland has already forced thousands of Bangladeshis to higher ground, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, of the numbers of people who will need to move because of climate change in the coming decade, according to a report released by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, the United Nations University and CARE International today...
      June 12, 2009Health

      Foul fowl: Chicken tops government list of most frequently sickening fare

      Chicken takes the cake as the most common source of food poisoning in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today. The report, which analyzed data from 2006's outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., found that chicken caused 21 percent of the 27,634 reported cases of food poisoning...
      May 24, 2011The Sciences

      Newly Discovered Bacteria Lives on Caffeine

      Think you live on caffeine? You're still no match for a newly described bitty bacteria called Pseudomonas putida CBB5. These little guys can feast on pure caffeine all day—and presumably all night—long...
      November 23, 2011Evolution

      Monarch Butterfly Genome Gives Clues about Slew of Migration Mysteries

      The millions of monarchs ( Danaus plexippus ) that flit on fragile wings from the a particular area of fir forest in Mexico—as far as 4,000 kilometers—are making the journey for the first time."They have never been to the overwintering sites before and have no relatives to follow," Steven Reppert, a neurobiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, said in a prepared statement.So how to do these insects know where to go?...
      April 24, 2012Health

      Cocaine Habit Ages Brain Prematurely

      Although cocaine makes people feel more alert and on top of things in the moment, it can leave users vulnerable to a much slower brain in the long run.
      September 24, 2010Health

      Avandia restricted in U.S., banned in Europe

      The use of frequently prescribed diabetes drug Avandia will be severely restricted in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday.
      August 3, 2010Biology

      Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

      Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...
      September 28, 2009The Sciences

      Uganda embarks on bubonic plague prevention program

      As reports of bubonic plague in the Democratic Republic of Congo have filtered into neighboring Uganda, the Ugandan government is taking preemptive action, according to Uganda's Daily Monitor and reported by ProMED-mail...
      August 24, 2011Evolution

      Jurassic Mammal Moves Back Marsupial Divergence

      A newly described pointy-nosed, rat-like animal did not just crawl out of some unsuspecting city's sewers. Rather, this now-extinct species spent its time scampering among prehistoric trees some 160 million years ago during China's Jurassic period...
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